Viva, Viva Las Vegas.
Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
20Trip End Apr 29, 2010
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Wed. 31st March.
We drove to Las Vegas with a few shopping and food stops on the way, arriving at about 7:30pm so it was dark and nicely lit up. We went straight to the hotel we had booked, The Stratosphere, and the fun began! Jenny and I had made requests when we booked over 2 months ago and we assumed that they would take notice of these, but NO, rather than three rooms together, we were scattered all over. Not such a deal for our room but they certainly needed connecting rooms for them and their kids. They shuffled it around though but it meant Jeff and Jenny had a disabled room with a big bare hospital type bathroom! We just wanted to go to bed so we left it to sort out in the morning
Thursday 1st April.
Mostly entailed changing hotels but before leaving the Stratosphere we made use of our room keys to go to the top for free. Everyone except Jenny and I went on the Insanity ride. It is an extreme thrill ride on which you sit in chairs on a claw like contraption that hangs you out over the edge of the skyscraper and spins you at high speed while tilting you face down to the ground. No thank you!!! They all loved it though. We then headed to the Luxor and booked in. That night we did some grocery shopping so breakfast was sorted for the week.
Friday 2nd April.
Designated shopping day. The kids had a swim in the morning, and then we hit the outlets. Must say, they were a little disappointing. We think we have actually been to better ones already on this trip. I did score 2 pairs of shoes though, so not too bad for me. Friday night was just food court at the Luxor followed by a trip down the strip to see the Mirage Volcano and the Treasure Island Show
Saturday 3rd April.
We decided to drive out to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. We left the hotel about 12pm. We parked at the dam and got to walk across it and look around a bit. It is certainly an amazing structure. The scenery around the dam is also quite amazing. The Courtneys had to leave by 4pm, so we had lunch and farewelled them, then went to the laundromat to finally get some washing done. That is one thing that is annoying about the casino hotels, no onsite laundry.
We hit the strip on Sat night and got to bed at midnight, only to find that our neighbours had left kids in their room that were yelling, screaming and playing ball. I was furious and rang security, who promptly came up and put an end to the noise so we could fall asleep.
Sunday 4th April
We slept in til 9am and still managed to be down at M&M world for the free 3D movie at 10am! We then headed to MGM to see the lion habitat, where we found out they were actually doing lion cub holding so if you know Madi, you would know this was VERY attractive! So $50 later we were in line to hold a 37 day old lion cub! Only 2 people at a time so Madi and I went first. How gorgeous!! I think I was as excited as Madi! We then went to New York so Tom and Brodie could ride the huge roller coaster there. Madi was too small. At $14.00 a ride though I was glad about that. Vegas is all quite expensive!
We went out then so Tom could go to some shops (yes Tom, not me!) BUT much to his disgust Costco, Fry's electronics and even 'In N Out' were closed for Easter Sunday. Not happy!
We decided to go back to the strip and look around some more. We went to a Tix4tonight booth where you get cheaper tickets to shows etc. We got tickets to the wax museum and also to the Treasure Island Buffet. They asked how old Brodie was and said that he is a child so gave us a voucher for 2 adults to the buffet for 19.00 each instead of 26.00. We did the museum and had a ball! Brodie was very excited and said it was the best thing ever!
Then we headed to line up at the buffet
Tried to see Bellagio fountains but....TOO Windy.....I hate the wind!! So we headed to downtown Las Vegas for a look around before finally getting to bed at 12.30am.
Monday 5th April.
Packed up and headed to San Diego. We had a few stops on the way but got to Aunty May's house at 6:30 pm. Lynn, her daughter was there too which was nice. Had a nice visit before heading over to the care facility to see Aunty Chris before visiting hour finished. We spent about half an hour chatting to her before we headed back up towards LA. We didn’t have a place booked but we ended up at Santa Monica Comfort Inn. We are now about to head down to the Pier and have a look around before catching our plane to Chicago tonight.
We are putting our newest Costco purchase to great use! We bought a tiny little laptop so we can do a lot more stuff than we can on the iPhone! 299.00 + tax not bad!